Sometimes you leave an event wishing you could spend just a little more time with the couple and this was one of those events. Leanna and Will exude what all couples should share between them – pure joy to spend each moment growing together. This couple lit up the room, the lawn and the barn with their free spirits and their go-with-the-flow attitudes. Not only were we amazed at this young couple’s affection towards one another, but the love they have for their family and friends showed greatly when scanning the room and watching the guests smile
blissfully upon the newlyweds.
This couple held their ceremony at the back of the barn utilizing the white cotton curtains to frame out our wooden barn doors. When Leanna turned the corner, their officiant Dr. Mike Cavin, tapped Will on the shoulder to allow him to take his first look at his beautiful bride. As her bridesmaids eyes filled with tears, Leanna, escorted by her father, made her way down the aisle to her future husband. During the ceremony, the couple lit a unity candle using flames from candles lit by their parents at the start of the ceremony. These moments were captured by their photographer David Parks of David Parks Photography in Americus, Georgia.
After they were announced husband and wife, Leanna and Will invited their guests to the side lawn for corn hole, roasted peanuts and a little bit of socializing. The blessing was then given and guests were invited to enjoy a delicious buffet spread from At Your Service Catering. While enjoying their meal, they witnessed the first dance of Leanna and Will as well as a sweet slow song for Leanna’s dad and a slow-turned-speedy song for Will’s mom. This family sure can cut a rug!
Following these traditional dances came one extremely heartfelt toast from one of Leanna’s bridesmaids. She spoke kind words on how Leanna and Will were there for her unconditionally throughout her life and they were her second family. The closeness of everyone showed when DJ Matt Osborne of Spectrum Entertainment cranked up the music and guests danced their way into the center of the barn. There were many melodies sung out as well as a few lip synching battles witnessed underneath our string lights that night.
After tossing her bouquet and watching the guys fight it out for the garter, guests lined the sidewalk with sparklers in hand to wish off Leanna and Will. They then left with a unique and personal favor - a jar of BBQ sauce made by one of Leanna’s family members. It is such a blessing to spend time with such fantastic people who are also surrounded by fantastic people. We feel so lucky to have been picked to be part of this special day for Leanna and Will and only wish them the best for their many years together. Congratulations!
A Saturday sprinkled with rain brought Amanda and Bryan’s outdoor ceremony to a beautiful indoor retreat with guests gathered together under the string lighting of the interior of the barn. Taking their place in front of a
gorgeous arbor from Berry’s Catering and Floral, guests watched as this couple said their vows and walked away for the first time as a married pair. The guests then stepped out onto the now rain-free side lawn to enjoy a drink displayed upon a copper top table piece brought in by the catering team.
While guests mixed and mingled, the couple was captured in varying spots around the farm by Lindley’s Photography. This husband and wife photography team spaced out around the venue snapping photos from every angle and of every event. Needless to say, the pictures this team took were phenomenal! A particular photography love of ours was the moment the sky darkened and Amanda and Bryan stood in front of a ’55 Chevy truck brought in as the getaway car following their farewell later that night. Surrounding by headlights, the bride was dipped down by her groom for some of the most unique photographs we have seen on our farm.
Stepping inside, guests were surrounding by the sounds of Tim Cadiere and Wash Board Road – the musical artist for the evening. As Tim and his band played, guests lined up for an unbelievably delicious meal from Berry’s Catering and Floral. Complete with salad, mashed potatoes, a shrimp and grits bar, bacon-wrapped chicken, rolls, cornbread, and a vegetable medley, not one guest left with an empty or unhappy stomach. The food was complimented even more when guests enjoyed slices of the cake created by Erin Mills of Big Day Cakes Bakery in Augusta.
The night went flawlessly thanks to the tireless work of their wedding planner, Beth Mobley who facilitated the entire evening. She ensured that each guest left feeling like they had the time of their life that evening and we can attest that no one left not loving every minute. Whether dancing to the band’s music or enjoying a delightful meal, the love that surrounding Amanda and Bryan that evening was evident with the numerous smiles across the crowd’s
faces. We feel so honored to have been part of such a special moment for Amanda and Bryan and wish them the best for their long and happy life together. Congratulations, you two and thank you for letting us celebrate the wonderful people you are!
Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Winston Churchill also said something along those lines during World War II. Now, this might be a bit over the top for today's topic, but in some ways it rings true!
A very important part of wedding planning is the preparation of a timeline. A timeline is a tool that maps out how the structure of your wedding day should go. Likewise, many wedding professionals urge brides to follow a separate timeline for the planning period. I'll get into that later. First, the timeline for the wedding day.
All of the brides who decide to have their wedding here at The Barn work with us to create a timeline. This "wedding day timeline" helps to give everything a framework and provides an overview of what all needs to happen throughout the day and the intervals between each item. Now, that certainly doesn't mean we become timeline-crazed and stick to every single event down to the minute, but it gives everyone involved an idea of when each thing needs to happen.
For example, a timeline helps us stay on track with which vendors to expect at what time, when photography should begin, and when we need to line everyone up for a ceremony. That is all before our ceremony begins. Then there is the reception...how long should we wait between the first dances and the cake cutting? When should we cue the entertainment to initiate the bouquet and garter tosses? That is all included on a wedding day timeline! It really is a tool that is necessary for us to ensure that your day goes smoothly. You can find an awesome example of how to format a timeline here.
As far as a timeline for the whole wedding planning process goes, there are tons of examples online (Pinterest has plenty!) for you to view. Just like the wedding day timeline is important for us all to have in mind, a planning timeline is helpful for brides. It shows you what needs to be done by a specific time period before your wedding and can save a lot of headaches and stress coming from getting things done too late in the game! Here is a good example of a planning timeline.
I hope this post shows just how important a clear, clean, working timeline is for your wedding! We would love to talk with you more about this planning tool and assist you in preparing for your big day. Give us a call or drop us a line!
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